Former Governor James McGreevey to Speak at Rider U. Tonight

JamesMcgreeveyThe Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University will present “An Evening With Hon. James E. McGreevey,” former Governor of New Jersey, tonight, Monday, Sept. 28.

Elected in November 2001, McGreevey took office as New Jersey’s 51st governor in January 2002. As governor, McGreevey launched a four-year literacy program designed to put reading coaches in elementary schools and oversaw the management of an $8.6 billion school construction program to improve New Jersey school facilities. He also oversaw the complex overhaul of New Jersey’s automobile insurance industry. He resigned in 2004 after revealing that he was gay.

Today, the former governor is executive director of the Jersey City Employment & Training Program, a group that administers the city’s employment program. He also works with the women of the Integrity House Program at the Hudson County Correctional Center in New Jersey. McGreevey also guides and directs the Integrity House spiritual counseling initiative, as well as works with the women upon discharge to secure mentoring, a continued commitment to principles of recovery and reintegration into the Hudson County community. McGreevey worked with formerly incarcerated women and men at Exodus Transitional Ministry in Harlem in New York City when he attended seminary.

McGreevey previously served as a state senator, a state assemblyman and over 10 years as Mayor of Woodbridge, one of New Jersey’s largest municipalities. He also served as regional manager, Merck and Company; as executive director, New Jersey State Parole Board; with the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office; and as assistant prosecutor in Middlesex County.

McGreevey received his bachelor’s from Columbia University in 1978. He was graduated from Georgetown University with a law degree and admitted to the bar in 1981. He also holds a Master’s of Education from Harvard University and a Master’s of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary.

“An Evening With Hon. James E. McGreevey” begins with a light reception at 6 p.m.  Remarks begin at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. The event will take place in the Mercer Room in Daly Dining Hall on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. The event is free and open to the public.